get out of jail free card

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get out of jail free card

1. (sometimes hyphenated) Something that will immediately resolve or relieve an undesirable situation, especially that which results in no or minimal consequences. A reference to the board game Monopoly, in which this card allows players to leave the jail space without missing a turn. I'm afraid there's no get out of jail free card when it comes to your taxes—you either pay them, or you pay the fine. Jonathan used his father's position in politics as a get-out-of-jail-free card to help get his drunk driving charge dismissed.
2. (sometimes hyphenated) Something that allows or is used as an excuse for poor decisions, results, standards, behavior, etc. Just because a book is part of a highly regarded series doesn't mean it has some get out of jail free card allowing it to be formulaic and poorly written.
See also: card, free, get, jail, of, out
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Certainly a get-out-of-jail-free card could be a motivator for some youths, but I don't know if legally it can work," Domenech says.
While an RDC designation is not a get-out-of-jail-free card, it significantly streamlines dialogue and decision making within the requirements, PPBE, and acquisition management communities.
It's everything you've ever dreamed of: not only a get-out-of-jail-free card, it doubles as a work permit.
The effect has been a get-out-of-jail-free card for L.
Instead of making Scotland a safer place, out-of-touch Nationalist, Lib Dem and Green MSPs signed a Crooks' Charter that will hand 7000 offenders a get-out-of-jail-free card each year and do nothing to tackle the rising tide of knife crime.
Barbara Boxer vowed to filibuster the bill and called its MTBE shield ``a get-out-of-jail-free card for the people who destroyed our quality of water.
If MacAskill wants his plan to work, he needs to make sure the alternative isn't just a get-out-of-jail-free card.
In short, Delgadillo hasn't provided city and county leaders with the get-out-of-jail-free card they were hoping for.
Shotts to a newspaper and a penpal were read by a professional who wasn't told of their author and what she found was pure and utter evil - a man sonarcissistic that he loves no one and nothing but a get-out-of-jail-free card.
She adds: "I feel the reason I still work is that I have a strange, metaphysical get-out-of-jail-free card.
While Police Scotland are increasingly harassing law-abiding members of the public, those with convictions for horrific acts of violence are handed get-out-of-jail-free cards.
While Police Scotland are increasingly harassing law abiding members of the public, those with convictions for horrific acts of violence are handed get-out-of-jail-free cards.